Teach Your Children Work Ethic With Eric Chester I

Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 052.
I’ve seen two trends concerning children and work ethic that disturb me.  The first is that many parents treat work as a punishment.  The second is that many parents indulge their children and then expect them to all of a sudden magically develop a work ethic when they are young adults and ready to enter the work force.


Around here, work is a fact of life; it isn’t a punishment. I start teaching my children work ethic from the time they are toddlers. I feel that work is something that all of us will spend the majority of our lives doing and I work hard at teaching my children to enjoy working and to take pride in their work. I also teach them that it is important to find work that adds value to our society and to other people’s lives.

I recently read the book Reviving Work Ethic* by Eric Chester and even though it isn’t written to parents (the subtitle is: A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce), the book contains a lot of wisdom for parents looking to instill work ethic in their children and teens.

I was so happy to have Eric join me during this podcast.  We cover a lot of ground as we talk about how work ethic has changed in America and how it really isn’t being taught to most of today’s children and teens.  We also discuss what parents can do about it and the fact that young people with a strong work ethic really stand apart from their peers and have a better chance at succeeding in their jobs and careers.

What do you think about work ethic in America?

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  • Dmurk

    I am new to your product and been looking around for soap variations. I have searched different parts of the website and stumbled on this. This post is great and so true. I hope others hear you and teach their families work ethic as your post reflects.

    • goatmilkstuff

      Thanks so much! That is my hope as well. 🙂 PJ

  • Shiloh Roberts

    This entry was an echo of my husband’s and my hearts. Being a public school teacher and my husband a blue-collar worker, we get a front row seat of our country’s mindset of test scores and trying to work as little as possible with the most benefit possible. Sadly, the workers and students who strive for excellence and take pride in what they do stand out because they’re rare these days. Thank you for your investments in your kids and passing on “how to” tips for us young parents!

    • goatmilkstuff

      I agree – it is so obvious those people who have a solid work ethic. They’re the ones who will succeed no matter what stumbling blocks are placed in their way. I’m really glad you’re enjoying the podcast! That makes me very happy. 🙂 PJ

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